Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mexican Tin Lizards

-Use a design sheet to plan out the project.
-Create a successful work of art using knowledge gain about Mexican Tin Art and Folk Art.

-Mexican Tin Art: A type of art created by artists from Mexico which involves embossing metal to create a work of art. Works are often enhanced with enamel, jewels, mirror or tiles.
-Folk Art: Art that is specific to its culture and is most often used as decoration.

Design Sheets
Foamcore Board
X-acto Knife (teacher use)
Printmaking Foam
Aluminum Foil
Erasers-either new pencils or cap erasers
Sharpies or other Permanent Markers
Metal Tooling
Masking Tape
Twisteez Wire (optional)

I got the concept for this project from Denise Logan's Dynamic Art Projects for Children. If you haven't checked out this book, I strongly recommend it; the projects are outstanding, as you can tell by this example! We started with a PowerPoint of examples of Mexican Tin Art. They are easy to find through Google. Students talked about the use of color, and aspects that were embossed. Next, I gave them a design sheet of the basic lizard shape and asked them to design how they want their lizard to look. I gave them ideas, such as using symmetry, or shapes down the center of the lizard's back. I stressed keeping it simple. Too often, my students have gotten too complicated with their design stage. I also asked them to color their lizard so they would begin thinking about what they will be doing with color before they get to that step.

With the design sheet completed, students were asked to transfer their design onto the lizard body;which I cut out for them prior to class. They then trace their lines with black Sharpie to make them dark. This allowed them to be able to see their shapes through the printmaking foam. Once their shapes were traced onto the printmaking foam, they were cut out and glued to the lizard body in the correct spots. I showed students that they could put two layers of printmaking foam to create different levels of "embossing" on their lizard. With all the shapes in place, I showed them how to put glue on a piece of alumunium foil, spread it out, and wrap it around their lizard. I encouraged them not to be overly concerned about minor tears as they will be covered with the marker.

The next step was to color the lizard with permanent markers. I reminded them not to forget the sides of the lizard body. We cut feet out of metal tooling and stapled and taped them to the underside of the lizard body. Neither staples or tape are strong enough on their own. NOTE: these could easily be kept as snakes by leaving the legs off. I gave students the option of adding a tongue by attaching a piece of wire the same way as the legs. These are getting rave reviews!


Mrs. Hahn said...

Great project! I just saw that you joined my blog. Thanks! I did the same to yours. I think I read that you are from WI. Where about? I worked in WI and now in MN. Maybe we can do some collaborative work together.

Jodi said...

Mrs. Hahn,
I LOVE your mosaic! I did one a couple of years ago-it's so fun! I am in Hudson, WI. This is my first year here, I just moved from outside of Milwaukee. We should collaborate! Maybe next year we could exchange Artist Trading Cards! Our district does it every year with fifth grade (they've already done it this year, that's why I said for next year). Thanks for joining my blog!

Ki Hyun Kim said...

Thank you so mucsh for your wonderful idea! I will have this for my daughter's classroom for their Diversity Day.